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Who else is excited for the Greek course?

I think it will be great.

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

I'm rather excited for it myself, I'm looking forward to diving into an entirely new alphabet. I was a little spoiled for choice on which non latin-letter language I wanted to pursue but Greek's history and to a degree the ability to read a portion of the original New Testament are powerful lures.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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I'm told there's a pretty wide gulf between modern Greek and Koine (Bible-era) Greek; this is a modern Greek course. I do hope that DuoLingo eventually adds both Koine and Attic (classical) Greek, but right now, they're focusing on the living languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GrandaUrso

Yeah, that's why I said a portion of the original New Testament. I likely won't be able to read it in its entirety but hopefully I can "Leapfrog" what I know to generally understand what's being conveyed. It'll be cool to try anyway! Imagine if Duolingo did add those things...they'd become a monopoly of language learning. What a time to be alive!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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Yes, indeed! Their leadership has said they'll definitely add Latin eventually, and hopefully if enough people sign up for that, that'll demonstrate enough of a market for the classical languages. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo
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Their leadership has said they'll definitely add Latin eventually

Oh! Do you have a citation for that?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/danielmount
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Yes - his AMA on Reddit about a year ago: https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/2mwe7w/i_am_luis_von_ahn_the_creator_of_recaptcha_those/cm86qmb

In more good news, he said they would add Ancient Greek eventually, too, though he didn't specify between Koine and Attic.

Even if it is Attic, it would get us a lot closer to Koine Greek. Though I'm no expert on this, other members here who have commented on similar threads posted in the past have said that the gap between modern-day Greek and Koine is greater than modern day English to Chaucer. Attic is at least far closer.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NicholasOKane
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Thats good. Hopefully eventually we can have both Koine and Attic Greek. I also think that when Latin is added maybe they can change the Italian monument for the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and change the Greek monument for a more modern one, using the Colosseum and Acropolis for the ancient languages

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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I have a book on New Testament Greek. I'm sure that if you take this course, the gap between modern Greek and other versions of Greek won't be that wide. Just like if you know modern English, it would be easier to be able to understand English from the Shakespearean era, or to launch studies into Middle English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/londoncallling

I studied Classical Greek at university and have dabbled in modern Greek; obviously there are massive differences but still, knowing Classical Greek made modern Greek easier to understand for me than, say, Beowulf as a native English speaker. It only took me a couple of months before I could read newspapers in Greek. I feel it has changed surprisingly little compared to other languages within the same space of time or less (e.g. Latin to French or Old English to modern English).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jochenau
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I studied Ancient Greek so it'll be good to know a version that I can actually talk to people with!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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I wanted to learn it since I was seven, but I didn't have any good resources.... Soon I'll be able to learn it for real!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mereade
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Well, you can start with the Language Transfer course, that has got awesome reviews. I tried one lesson and now I'm tempted to start learning Greek right away instead of my other languages :-)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrickOsa
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Honestly, after doing the Greek -> English course for about four months now, I am more hyped than I ever was!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/truelefty
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I am

It's not my main goal, but I always wanted to know some Greek :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglAna
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Me! I can't wait to start Greek!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheQueenZerelda

Greece is my favorite country so...Yeah, I'm excited.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andro0
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Me! My aunt has a restaurant in Greece. Also, a home in Turkey.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/guupi
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That's good to know, thanks for sharing.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cricket392

Greek has always been a language that I wanted to learn, so I'm super excited for it to come out as well!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wildfood
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I'm excited. It will be my first non-Latin script!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mptmpt
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Thank you all for your comments.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrookeLorren
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This is one of my language goals for the year, so yes.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JaiPatil
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I'm a lot excited for the upcoming Greek course...

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jarcher77
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I'm looking forward to it. I already know the alphabet (had to know what the letters were when studying astronomy in university), so I think I can get comfortable reading it fairly quickly. It's one of my most anticipated languages.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FrancGrootjen

Really excited! Can't wait :)

2 years ago